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Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London Series #1)
     

Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London Series #1)

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by Olivia Drake
 

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Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous—and wickedly

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Her wealth and beauty have made Miss Portia Crompton the catch of the season. Secretly determined to wed the maharajah's son she left behind in India, Portia ignores the money-hungry bucks who ply her with bouquets and bonbons. But one suitor will not be deterred: Colin Byrd, Viscount Ratcliffe. He is persistent and presumptuous—and wickedly tempting.

Colin has no delusions about romance. He's a rogue, a womanizer, and a murderer, and seduction comes as easily to him as breathing. Portia's fortune is an irresistible lure until Colin's mercenary scheme hits a snag. Winning her dowry is no longer enough—he wants her heart and her passion. The more adamant she is in her refusal, the more determined he is to seduce her…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This decadent Regency romance debut is carried along by a spunky heroine and sumptuous descriptions of upper-class life. Raised in India, beautiful Portia Crompton arrives in London just in time to be the premier debutante of the season. Portia—independent, witty and pragmatic—knows her many suitors really just want her enormous dowry. The disgraced, impoverished and devastatingly handsome Viscount Ratcliffe, Colin Byrd, romances her shamelessly, leaving Portia struggling to reconcile her forbidden love for her Indian childhood sweetheart with the passion Colin inspires. Portia's socially ambitious mother would like to see her wed to the immoral duke of Albright, but as Portia uncovers the true nature of Colin's character, she warms to him, and readers will too. The culminating bedroom scene does not justify the long buildup, but there's enough glitz to keep readers coming back. (Dec.)\
From the Publisher
“This book has it all: a fabulous hero, a wonderful heroine, and sizzling passion. Read it and watch the sparks fly!” —Christina Dodd

“Guaranteed to seduce readers everywhere. This book is something truly special, an unforgettable story filled with passion, intrigue, and sweep-you-away romance.”

—Susan Wiggs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429969161
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Heiress in London Series , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
120,031
File size:
333 KB

Meet the Author

Olivia Drake is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Texas. Her novels have won critical acclaim and numerous industry awards including the prestigious RITA.


Olivia Drake is the author of Seducing the Heiress, Never Trust a Rogue, and Scandal of the Year. She has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1981, and her novels have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense and Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times, and the prestigious RITA award. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Barbara25 More than 1 year ago
Drowning in debt, Colin, Lord Ratcliffe must find a way to get money or risk losing everything. He concocts a scheme to seduce the wealthiest and most desired heiress of the Season. Portia Crompton. It should be a simple enough task, seeing as Colin happens to be quite a ladies man and knows exactly what it will take to seduce his would be bride. Only problem is, he never expected the beautiful debutante to be so quick to catch on to his scheme. Portia may be young, but she's no fool. She knows full well that Ratcliffe merely desires her dowry to settle all of his gambling debts. She won't deny her immediate attraction to the handsome rogue, but that doesn't mean she's about to fall for his schemes. With rumors of murder, a trail of women in his wake and of course his mountian high stack of debts, Ratcliffe is the last man Portia would ever consider entrusting her dowry to, let alone her heart. Besides, Portia has plans of her own. She's in love, and no one--especially not Ratcliffe--will stand in the way of her being with the man she truly wants to marry. Ratcliffe, however, isn't so easily dissuaded. Besides, he knows Portia desires him and it's merely a matter of time before her will to refuse him breaks. But what begins as a test of wills soon turns in to an all consuming love that neither of them expected. I absolutely adored this story! Both the hero and heroine were wonderfully written. I fell head over heels in love with Colin. The perfect hero. The banter between these two was witty and hilarious, and the love story, completely romantic.
sassyRM More than 1 year ago
Well written...I couldn't stop reading.If you like historical Romance you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written. The character development is superb. The love between the two leads is not instant, although their attraction to one another is. It grows between them throughout the story as new secrets and character traits are revealed. Olivia Drake clearly is a fan of Jane Austin's work because it shows. I love that Portia is written as a strong female lead. And Colin is also the perfect balance between a gentleman and a rogue. All around, this is the type of historical romance novel I love!
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Engaging! Keeps you guessing & on the edge of your seat! Portia & Colin are a perfect match! Only Colin has to find away to convince Portia; he needs her dowry to pay off his mother's debts! Portia will not marry a fortune hunter! Colin wants her heart, too!
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Honeysweet More than 1 year ago
This book was a cute fun read! And there mother talk about wanting to go through the pages and kick her square in the backside. That Woman I swear!! I was kinda disapointed in the ending though, but I am not dissipointed that I read it.
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